First, I want to to thank thewizardofoz for asking me to write a recap, since I actually had a real reason when I explained to my wife that we had no choice but to watch the Sox game tonight. If fortune had really been smiling, our cable would have gone out and we would have had to head out to a bar. But this was a great, great game to watch wherever you were.
The story for the first 6 innings was the Cardinal's rookie pitcher Anthony Reyes. My first impression of him was that the brim of his hat was way too straight. But he got steadily more impressive as the game progressed. The Sox didn't have a baserunner for the first five innings, and were no-hit for six and a third. Reyes isn't a fireballer, but he has good control and a changegup (clocking in at around 70 MPH on the comcast gun) that was awesome. And he was willing to throw it anywhere in the count. He was very good.
Jim Thome got the only Sox hit of the game, blasting a pretty monstrous homerun on the first pitch he saw in the seventh inning. Garcia and Jenks combined to make that hold up in the one of the best pitched games by the Sox all season. Garcia shut out the Cards for eight innings, even though I'm not sure his fastball broke 90 MPH all night. He got some great defense from Dye (a stretching catch in third that took away a triple). He also got some help in the eighth when the home-plate umpire called a sure infield hit by So Taguchi a foul ball (it looked fair to me and Joe Crede). Garcia came back to strike out Taguchi on a check-swing and leave Albert Pujols in the on-deck circle.
The ninth was interesting. Cora was managing with Guillen suspended and made a very un-Ozzie move, I think, by pulling Garcia in favor of Jenks. It was a good call. Jenks looked awesome. He was throwing 99 MPH heat with a good curve and got groundouts from Pujols and Rolen. He struck out Encarnacion on a 100 MPH fastball. It was impressive, and at this point I barely remember being worried about him earlier in the season.
Great game, and about time the Sox won a 1-0 game this year. With the win, they close to only a half-game behind Detroit for first place.